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The Christian principles of charity and love define the Young Ladies' Grand Institute (YLI).



The emblem and sign of the Order is the cross within the laurel wreath, signifying that only in this symbol of man's redemption can we expect the crowning victory of immortality.



On September 5, 1887 in San Francisco, Annie M. Sweeney, her sister Mary E. Richardson and Emily Coogan founded The Young Ladies’ Institute to provide material support to a young woman who contracted tuberculosis.



Each meeting reflects the virtues of our founders, the golden links to the Christian virtues faith, hope and charity. The principles of unity, sisterly love and protection are the diamonds that give brilliance to our Order for they embody our love and concern for each other.



YLI exists in California, Oregon, Washington and Hawaii and has over 5,000 members.


YLI Events Calendar

300 Years of Sister History (in 5 minutes) |

Beyond the Habit

Initiation Ode
Initiation Ode Accomp.

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